The award-winning South Lakes Wild Animal Park is widely recognised as one of Europe’s leading conservation zoos. It was founded in 1994 by animal nutritionist David Gill and is now one of Cumbria’s most popular tourist attractions, attracting more than 250,000 visitors each year.
Raised wooden viewing platforms and walkways offer fantastic views of animals from around the world including rhinos, giraffes, monkeys, lemurs, emus, kangaroos, penguins, spectacled bears, lemurs, lions, jaguars, and tigers. Condors, vultures and other birds are housed in a free-flight, walk-through aviary.
Facilities at the zoo include a restaurant with animal viewing deck, gift shop, picnic areas and free car park.
The South Lakes Wild Animal Park is situated just outside Dalton-in-Furness and 4 miles north of Barrow. The zoo is approximately 20 minutes walk from Dalton-in-Furness train station. Alternatively buses can be caught from Tudor Square in the town centre. Visitors arriving by car should leave the M6 at Junction 36 and follow the A590 to Dalton/Barrow. The postcode to use for satellite navigation systems is LA15 8JR.
For opening times, animal feeding times, and admission prices visit the official website. Annual passes giving huge discounts on admission prices are also available here. Discount vouchers are offered through the Tesco Clubcard Rewards scheme.